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Hi Community,

May I know how can I set up Cronus NAV server with the least resources needed for testing?

I read that it shouldn't be installed with a live server next to each other.

What are your recommendations and what are the steps by steps to do this?

Thank you!

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    Christian Lenz Profile Picture
    Christian Lenz 30 on at
    RE: May I know how can I set up Cronus NAV server with the least resources needed for testing?

    Hi Josh,

    in general you get the same programm icons on your desktop when the container environment has been created. It is a virtualized environment with its own SQL Server Express, NST and IIS. The icons point to the executables inside the container. They work nearly the same as a local installation.

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    You can have multiple environments on the same machine.

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    With a PowerShell Script like this using the Power Module "BCContainerhelper" from Microsoft, you can create such an environment automatically.

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    The NAV / BC on Docker Topic is described here: 

    Running a Container-Based Development Environment - Business Central | Microsoft Docs

  • joshtechsolutions Profile Picture
    joshtechsolutions 3,915 on at
    RE: May I know how can I set up Cronus NAV server with the least resources needed for testing?

    Hi Christian, Do you have a screenshot on how this docker looks like?

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    Community Member UG Leader on at
    RE: May I know how can I set up Cronus NAV server with the least resources needed for testing?

    Josh,

    You are welcome. Please mark my suggested answer verified.

    Thanks,

    Steve

  • Christian Lenz Profile Picture
    Christian Lenz 30 on at
    RE: May I know how can I set up Cronus NAV server with the least resources needed for testing?

    What about using Docker with the BCContainerhelper for this? Microsoft provinded NAV installation images back to NV 2016. I use it every time I have to investigate in a current cumulative update.

  • joshtechsolutions Profile Picture
    joshtechsolutions 3,915 on at
    RE: May I know how can I set up Cronus NAV server with the least resources needed for testing?

    Wow.. Thank you so much Steve! Thanks for giving me the option to choose BC and NAV.

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    Community Member Profile Picture
    Community Member UG Leader on at
    RE: May I know how can I set up Cronus NAV server with the least resources needed for testing?

    Josh,

    I know you have NAV 2018 but I would highly recommend you load a trial of Business Central, in the Cloud. NAV 2018 goes out of Mainstream Support on 1/10/23. It is super simple to get a trial up for Business Central and the number of features and functionality between NAV 2018 and BC v20 is endless.

    If you truly want to setup a NAV Server, you need the NAV 2018 CD/Files. Here are the steps:

     New Features of NAV 2018:

    • Update in its integration capabilities with Dynamics 365 for sales
    • New tools added in power BI
    • Image Analyzer
    • Edit of job-related posted invoices
    • Changing the global dimension catalog
    • User Task
    • Modern Development Environment

    Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 Installation:

    Before we install NAV 2018 we keep in mind that without its pre-requisites NAV doesn’t install successfully. So, we make sure that we have fulfilled its all pre-requisites.

    System Requirements:

    Windows 8.1 Professional, Enterprise,

    Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, Education,

    Win 12,16 Standard, Essential,

    With 20 GB of HDD and 2GB of RAM.

    SQL Server Requirements:

    Microsoft SQL server 2014,2016,2017 Express, Standard, Enterprise Edition,

    SQL server Management Studio (SSMS),

    SQL Server Native Client 2012.

    We need to download the setup file from Microsoft Dynamics NAV with a valid license. Please download Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 full .exe setup!

    1. After downloading the file, Extract it from Zip.

    Open the Setup file and right click on the setup file and execute it as an administrator.

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    2. In the installation screen, select Next to start and accept the agreement to initiate the installation.

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    3. Next, it will ask you to choose the installation type-

    There are two options -Install demo OR choose an installation option.

    It’s always good to choose the installation option for easy customization as per the requirements.

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    If we select Choose installation option, the three main applications will be installed; also, we can install custom as per our requirements.

    For our case, we will install NAV Client, Server and Developer (RDP)

    NB: During our NAV installation it is mandatory to install SQL Database server for the store and access NAV database instance. For more information, you can check the SQL server installation guide.

    For development purpose, it will be great to install SQL server 2014 Express.

    4. Choose an installation option for customized as per our requirements.

    Here, we have selected below the tree and their subtree as per our requirements.

    • Client
    • Modern Development Environment
    • Administrative tool
    • Server
    • webserver

    5. We need to identify the SQL server address and its instance. Then we proceed for the final installation.

    NB:  Microsoft SQL server Native Client 2012 must be installed in the system for making communication with SQL server.

    6. Fill the bellow filled very concernedly and proceed for the final step.

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    7. If everything goes as planned, the installation will be completed on time and it will show that Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 has been successfully installed along with its component.

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    Hope this helps.

    Thanks,

    Steve

  • joshtechsolutions Profile Picture
    joshtechsolutions 3,915 on at
    RE: May I know how can I set up Cronus NAV server with the least resources needed for testing?

    Hi Marco, as my company is using Nav 2018, so I wanted to install a Chronus Nav 2018 for testing.

    Business Central may not suit my test.

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    JAngle Profile Picture
    JAngle 33,131 on at
    RE: May I know how can I set up Cronus NAV server with the least resources needed for testing?

    Marco is right. Way less involved.

    If you have access to SQL management studio (SSMS) try this:

    Find the installation media of NAV. In the folder structure there is a .bak file for Cronus.

    In SSMS connect to your server instance. Under the databases folder right click and choose restore. Choose the .bak file for the Cronus database. Step through the wizard to complete.

    Create a new service tier. This guide will help with the commands via powershell: docs.microsoft.com/.../new-navserverinstance

    Older version but steps are similar. Here they are in a video too: https://youtu.be/Lazk3UcX0wg

    Once the service tier is in place you can change server address with the windows client to logon

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    Marco Mels Profile Picture
    Marco Mels on at
    RE: May I know how can I set up Cronus NAV server with the least resources needed for testing?

    Hello,

    Best probably is to get a trial of Business Central so that you do not have to worry about scalability.

    Thanks.

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